Nxeles linked to two Mariannhill kilings

2010-11-05 00:00

A MAN who surrendered to police after six murders in Ntshongweni has implicated the most wanted fugitive, Khetha “Bhejane” Nxele, and his dead cousin, Philani “Nkalakatha” Nxele, in another mass murder in Mariannhill.

It is alleged that after handing himself in at Plessislaer police station in Pietermaritzburg on Tuesday night, the suspect told the police that the ­Ntshongwni and Marianhill murders are connected.

Six people were shot dead in Ntshongweni on October 25, and a few hours later four others were killed in Mariannhill.

“During questioning, the suspect told police that he did not participate in the Marriannhill murders, but two brothers [Nxele cousins] committed those murders,” said the head of KZN’s elite police unit, Hawks Major-General John Booysen.

He said the suspect’s Marianhill story will be subjected to ballistic tests.

The victims of the Ntshongweni attack, who were aged between 29 and two years, were shot and killed. A 13-year-old girl was raped.

It is believed that the victims were robbed of their valuables and money.

Booysen said the suspect, who cannot be named until he appears in the Pinetown Magistrate’s Court today, has been charged with six counts of murder, rape and robbery.

He and the Nxeles allegedly committed these crimes in Ntshongweni.

Philani Nxele was killed in a shoot-out with police in Mariannhill on October 3. Khetha Nxele is still at large, after he escaped during a shoot-out with police who had attempted to apprehend him in Sigodini in Edendale on Monday night.

Police spokesperson Colonel Jay Naicker has asked anyone who knows Khetha Nxele’s whereabouts to contact Hawks’ Lieutenant-Colonel Willie Olivier at 082 772 2341.

He said the informants’ names will be kept confidential.

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